Farrago’s Wainscot Returns

October 28th, 2014 by Darin

old manWhen we closed down Farrago’s Wainscot in 2009, after our twelfth issue, it was for the usual reasons: time and money. Publishing the ‘zine was a labor of love—we never charged for it, we never really sold advertising (we gave a few ads away there for a little bit), and we paid as much as we could ($20 per story, poem, or article). The online speculative fiction zeitgeist at the time was definitely “weird.” Weird was everywhere. “New,” “old,” “literary” (sorry, that one was our fault), “post-,” “New, new-,” “little” (again, my fault—needed a dissertation title)—we, collectively, couldn’t get enough. Tastes were changing there around Issue 12, and while we were still bringing in our steady readership, we were running out of music festivals and masquerades and tip jars with which to fund the Old Man’s cabinet of curiosities. Steampunk was on fire; hard SF was making an awesome comeback; and urban fantasy was gobbling titles and categories like a 2nd ed. ooze, which was awesome—we were prone to some urban fantasy publications of our own.

So, with heavy hearts, we stopped the project. The lamentations and gnashing of teeth that we received from internet friends and strangers at our passing surprised us. We had quietly gone about our weird business, keeping mostly to ourselves, garnering a few very nice reviews, some Year’s Best nods, and even pocketing the 2007 StorySouth Million Writers Award for “Best New Online Magazine or Journal” and the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll for “Best Fiction Magazine/Ezine”—not to mention the handful of lauds our contributors collected on their own. We were surprised that people were marking our passing, but it was gratifying.

Life went on.

It’s been five years now since Old Man Farrago last put out his shingle. Behind the scenes, we’ve all shuffled jobs a few times, put out a few books, moved around the country, etc. But we’ve never stopped watching what people are buying and reading. What “weird” means today. How the genre pendulum swings from clearly defined to ill . . . and then back. What it means to write speculative or experimental fiction in an age of increasing efforts to include and understand—in an age when so, so much of this work remains to do. At at time when the world is still falling apart. Like it always does.

firebirdSo it is with great excitement that I tell you that I’ve reached an agreement to revive Farrago’s Wainscot—weirder and more challenging than ever!—under the imprimatur of Resurrection House, who will serve as the ‘zine’s publisher. We will release issue 13 on January 14, 2015, and throughout the year, you’ll see some familiar Farrago alums—many of whom have gone on to publish books and garner awards of their own—and you’ll see fresh new voices. “Fresh weird.” There you go—a new neologism for a new era.

We’ll be paying more. $0.06/word for fiction; $20/poem (Hey, that was a fair price even back then). And we’ll be using a submissions manager, so no more strange emails from the communal hive-mind of the old “wainscot.editors” email address. Our new submissions page has all the details, so go click around the site. It’s been given a facelift, and all your old favorites are still there for a re-read before we re-weird next year. There’s another one: “re-weird.” This is going to be an odd year.

So until January, thanks for reading. We’ll see you in the funny papers.

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Chimpanzee Audio-play at Audible

October 10th, 2014 by Darin

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You can now hear a fully foleyed and designed sample from the audio-play at Audible.

A Conversation with Washington Independent Review of Books

September 26th, 2014 by Darin

Craig L. Gidney recently interviewed me for Washington Independent Review of Books. Come join the conversation.

Darin Bradley’s second novel, Chimpanzee, traffics in dystopian themes, but not in the same way as does the plot-driven The Hunger Games or the allegorical/satirical stories of Margaret Atwood. Instead, his world recalls the more subtle work of Philip K. Dick or Chang-Rae Lee.

NPR Books on Chimpanzee

September 14th, 2014 by Darin

Jason Heller thoughtfully and keenly reviews Chimpanzee for NPR Books:

As with the best dystopian fiction, Chimpanzee taps into many contemporary issues and fears — in this case, everything from the surveillance state to the student-debt crisis. Chimpanzee is a post-collapse novel for those who have become numb to them, and a unique take on a subgenre in sore need of one. The book’s dazzling originality not only helps overcome much of its dryness, it makes it well worth the extra homework.

Christopher East on Chimpanzee

September 12th, 2014 by Darin

Christopher East very kindly reviews Chimpanzee, calling it “a timely, forward-looking, and harrowing vision that muses unflinchingly on the future while riffing off of the present.”

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1670 AM, The Return!

September 4th, 2014 by Darin

Happy to announce that I’ll be making my second ever appearance at 1670 AM, Denton’s own Part 15 radio station, helmed by Real Waves out of downtown Little D. Scott Porter and I are going to talk about books and conspiracies and music whatever we want at 2:00 pm, this Sunday, Sept 7. I’ll have a couple of things to give away, so tune in or log on.

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“Fear the Repo Man”

September 4th, 2014 by Darin

The Denton Record-Chronicle interviewed me about Chimpanzee, the audio-play, and writing in general.

Fear the Repo Man,” by Lucinda Breeding.

Chimpanzee Book Release Party

September 4th, 2014 by Darin

Join me this Tuesday, September 9th, for the Chimpanzee Book Release Party, featuring a staged performance from the Chimpanzee Audio-Play and special performances by the Spitfire Tumbleweeds and the Nice-Up Crew.

Dan’s Silver Leaf, 8:00 pm.
All ages.
Free.

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Chimping

September 3rd, 2014 by Darin

Curious what chimping is like in Chimpanzee? Listen to Ben struggle with a new identity, given to him by his anonymous chimping parter.

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Chimpanzee Audio-play Teaser

August 28th, 2014 by Darin

There have been so many clips that I’ve wanted to share as Grady and I have been putting the finishing touches on the Chimpanzee audio-play, but I’ve restrained myself—after all, I don’t want to give everything away!

But here’s finally one that got past me. Come hear it live on Sept. 9 at the release party at Dan’s Silverleaf here in Denton, TX.

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